Kyle Rittenhouse Breaks Silence After Not Guilty Verdict

Kyle Rittenhouse has broken his silence after receiving a not guilty verdict.

On Friday, November 19, a 12-person jury consisting of seven women and five men found the teen not guilty on all counts after three days of deliberation.

Rittenhouse, of Antioch, Illinois, shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, and injured Gaige Grosskreutz on August 25, 2020, with an AR-15 rifle, during protests which took place in Kenosha, Wisconsin, after the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
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Now, the 18-year-old has spoken out following the homicide acquittal, saying "self-defense is not illegal". "I am glad they reached the correct verdict," he told Fox News. "It's been a tough journey but we made it through. We made it through the hard part." Rittenhouse is set to sit down with Fox's Tucker Carlson for his first interview on Monday, November 22. A portion of the interview will air Monday, with the remainder available on Tucker Carlson Originals.

In a preview of the interview, Rittenhouse said he has dreams every night about the night of the fatal shooting, thinking about how he could have died himself. It comes as former president Donald Trump congratulated Rittenhouse for his homicide acquittal. In a statement posted on Twitter by his spokesperson Liz Harrington, the ex-POTUS said: "Congratulations to Kyle Rittenhouse for being found INNOCENT of all charges. It's called being found NOT GUILTY—And by the way, if that's not self-defense, nothing is!"

Trump visited the city in September 2020 to view the damage done during the civil unrest that was sparked by the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Current US President Joe Biden called on Americans to "express their views peacefully", while acknowledging that the outcome of the high-profile case "will leave many Americans feeling angry and concerned, myself included, we must acknowledge that the jury has spoken." The teenager, who was 17 at the time of the shooting, had been charged with five felonies; first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, attempted first-degree intentional homicide, and two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety.

Per BBC News, Rittenhouse had denied all the charges and maintained he acted in self-defense. His homicide trial started on November 1 and had seen testimonies from dozens of witnesses and footage taken of the night the then-17-year-old opened fire. Jurors were even played a graphic video of Rosenbaum lying still, unable to breathe after he was shot four times. Rittenhouse's defense argued that the then-17-year-old had feared for his life last August.

Source : VT
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